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any other way question the special counsel's core investigation into russian efforts to interfere in the election. nor did it address other potential obstruction of justice theories or argue that some have wrongly suggested that a president can never obstruct justice. i wrote it myself on my own initiative without any assistance and based solely on public information. >> c-span, where history unfolds daily. in 1979, c-span was created as a public service by america's cable television companies, and today we continue to bring you unfiltered coverage of congress, the white house, the supreme court, and public policy events in washington, d.c., and around the country. c-span is brought to you by your cable or satellite provider.
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>> the house is about to gavel in to debate a bill that would open the federal government through february 1 and another condemning white nationalism and white supremacy following iowa republican steve king's latest remarks. live now to the floor of the house on c-span.
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the speaker: the house will be in order. the prayer will be offered by our chaplain, father conroy. chaplain conroy: let us pray.
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god of the universe, thank you for giving us another day. it is your nature to hold us in your loving presence always. it is our nature to think of you or of others only momentarily or in passing. be with each of us that we may be our very best and prove ourselves worthy of your love and your grace. bless the members of this people's house in their work and deliberations today that they might merit the trust of the american people and manifest the strength of our republican democracy to the nations of the world. without you, o lord, we can do nothing. with you and in you, we can establish a community of peace, goodness, and justice now and forever. may all that is done this day be your -- for your greater honor and glory.
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amen. the speaker: the chair has examined the journal of the last day's proceedings and announces to the house her pproval thereof. pursuant to clause 1 of rule 1 the journal stands approved. the pledge of allegiance will be led by the gentlewoman from pennsylvania, ms. scanlon. ms. scanlon: i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. the speaker: the chair will entertain up to 15 requests for one-minute speeches on each side of the aisle. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from pennsylvania seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker: without objection, the gentlewoman from pennsylvania is recognized for one minute. ms. scanlon: madam speaker, i
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rise today on behalf of joe, a federal worker in my district. i met with joe on friday after he reached out looking for help for his colleagues, t.s.a. agents who have been working for three weeks without pay. their jobs are stressful, and many of them live paycheck to paycheck. now they have the added stress of paying mortgages, rent, child care or even to put food on the table. many can't afford to get gas to get to their jobs. joe has gone door to door to get people to donate food and diapers to meet the most basic needs of his co-workers and families. he told me with a family with a 3-month-old baby. they can't afford baby formula. baby formula. this is unacceptable. holding federal workers hostage and shutting down our government is a failed tactic. the house has sent legislation to reopen the government to the senate three times. we've done our job.
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he senate needs to do its. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from missouri stand? thank you, without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, madam speaker. i rise to pay tribute to the central methodist university men's soccer team in missouri's fourth congressional district, winner of the naia men's national soccer championship. they capped you have a 22-2 season with a penalty shootout over missouri valley in the championship finale in irvine, california. mrs. hartzler: this is the first ever for any team sport for central methodist university. it's a col minuteation of steady progress that saw them top 30 ranking to a top 12 ranking last season and finally, to the number one spot
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this past season. so i want to congratulate the central methodist university eagles on winning the national championship. your hard work, dedication, and determination paid off and left an example future teams will strive to follow. well done. the speaker pro tempore: thank you to the gentlewoman. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from florida seek recognition? >> madam speaker, i ask for permission to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. >> madam speaker, i rise in solidarity with the thousands of federal employees in my district and across this nation who, because of the shutdown, haven't received a paycheck. i want to share the story of robert, a federal aviation safety inspector in my district who did not receive a paycheck this past friday. ms. shalala: he oversees the repairing facilities so
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operations run smoothly and safely at miami international airport. he has one goal -- aviation safety. he prides himself on keeping our travelers safe and ensuring that all inspections are as thur o'and accurate as -- thorough and accurate as possible. after 21 years of service in the air force, he told me he could barely recognize our country anymore. how can the greatest country on earth tell its employees to work without a paycheck? how can we hold our patriots hostage? madam speaker, no one wins in a shutdown. we must demand that this administration and the senate leadership reopen our government. thank you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: thank you to the gentlelady from florida. for what purpose does the gentleman from south carolina seek recognition? ms. wilson: mr. speaker, i move to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. ms. wilson: madam speaker,
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america's grateful for our alliance with finland, a loyal nato partner to promote renal national security. finish defense minister wrote an article in "defense news" reviewing our partnership. today the finish defense services are more -- finnish defense services are more effective and it is effective in looking after our own security and during my time as the minister of defense of finland, we have taken steps to strengthen the trans-atlantic link, a prime example is our bilateral defense relationship with the united states. in october, 2016, we signed our bilateral statement of intent on defense cooperation. that was later followed by a trilateral statement of intent between finland, sweden and the united states in may, 2018. in conclusion, god bless our troops and we will never forget september 11 and the global war on terrorism. the speaker pro tempore: for
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what purpose does the gentleman from new jersey seek recognition? >> madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one inute. >> madam speaker, i rise today to put on notice every state mooching new jersey's tax dollars. last week a new rockefeller report revealed what we've known for too long. some states like new jersey are carrying their own weight and paying their own way. other states are not. they're mooching off the rest of us. my district has historically received 33 cents for every dollar it sends to receive. mississippi and alabama receives 10 times that amount. a report as you see here, moocher states like mississippi receive $4.38 for every dollar they send to washington. this news only compounded by the fact that come tax season the tax hike bill kicks in and
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will really start to hurt my district. that was a giveaway to the moocher states and was largely paid for by states like mine. new jersey is one of the top tax paying states in the nation which is why we must cut taxes there for residences and businesses of all sizes and work with mayors and continue to call more money back to the state. mr. speaker, as this new congress begins i'm making it one of my new core missions -- madam speaker, i'm making it one of my core missions to get the salt deduction, fight back against the moocher states who continue to rob us blind. thank you and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from illinois seek recognition? >> madam speaker, i ask permission to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, madam speaker. this month we celebrate human trafficking and national slavery prevention month and i rise today to draw attention to the importance of combating
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this epidemic. human trafficking takes many forms, including sex, forced labor, and domestic servitude and educating individuals about human trafficking is essential to thwarting this modern day form of slavery. mr. lahood: this need for increased awareness is why i've partnered with the center of abuse in peoria, illinois, to host two human trafficking awareness prevention round tables in my district. bringing together state, local, and federal officials. we held valuable dialogues with those on the front lines of this crisis, about ways to end human trafficking for good. this week, i am proud to be joining my colleague, congresswoman val demmings of florida, to introduce -- val have s of florida, to january be human trafficking and slavery prevention month in congress. combating human trafficking will take a multifaceted approach. but if we continue to educate and make resources available at
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all levels, important strides can be made and we can end this crisis. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from ohio seek recognition? ms. gabbard: madam speaker, to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. ms. gabbard: thank you, madam speaker. it's been 25 days, 25 days since over 800,000 federal employees have either been going to work without pay and have been furloughed, all of them wondering, how am i going to pay my rent or my mortgage? how am i going to afford the bills i need to pay to take care of my family? i heard recently from jay, from the island of maui in my district in hawaii, who's a t.s.a. employee who has been working this entire time without pay, wondering how he's going to pay his mortgage, car, credit card payments and lifesaving medical care that he needs to provide for his daughter. jay's not alone.
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our national parks are filling with trash, our coast guard members are working without pay, being told they should hold garage sales or start baby-sitting to help pay for the bills while the government is shut down. food stamps for tens of millions of americans are at risk. low-income housing subsidies are impacting over 340,000 elderly and disabled veterans who depend on that rental assistance. the safety and security of our country is at risk. we cannot turn our backs on our brothers and sisters. these are real people, real families, real lives and real futures. senator mcconnell, president trump must pass the bipartisan legislation we have already passed and reopen the government now. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from tennessee seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. roe: thank you, madam speaker. today i rise to celebrate and pay tribute to my hometown of johnson city, tennessee, for
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-- centennial. just 13 years later in 1869, johnson city was founded holding its first election on january 3, 1870, when voters elected mr. johnson as the city's first mayor. today, johnson city boasts a diverse economy, attracting national and regional companies while also sporting countless small business owners. the city is home to three major hospitals, to the james h. quillon v.a. medical center which serves more than 70,000 veteran city and to east tennessee state university, recognized for the highly regarded quillon college of medicine and gat lan college of pharmacy. -- gat lane college of pharmacy. gaitlain college of pharmacy. i ask for unanimous consent to submit a more complete statement for johnson city's history for the record and i
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yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. for what purpose does the gentleman from arkansas seek recognition? >> madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent to speak for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, madam speaker. i rise today to recognize mr. tommy may and his inspiration example of leadership throughout his life and courage in battling a.l.s. may served in vietnam in the united states marine corps and returned home to the university of arkansas and the walton college to earn a degree in business. . he would establish a remarkable banking career, becoming president and c.e.o. of simmons first national bank. in 2005 he was diagnosed with a.l.s., also known as lou gehrig's disease, becoming one of about 120,000 people living with that in the united states.
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though the average survival time son-in-law three years, he's survived far longer, continuing his leadership at simmons first ational. he's helped spearhead an effort to speed up research on the disease. he's been recognized for those efforts by the university. my friend's example of perseverance and courage and continuing to live his life on his own terms is one all americans and arkansans can admire. thank you madam speaker and i ield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new york seek recognition? >> by direction of the house democratic caucus i offer a privileged resolution and ask for its immediate consideration. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the resolution. the clerk: house resolution 4 , resolved that the following --
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>> i ask unanimous consent that the resolution be considered as read and printed in the record. the speaker pro tempore: without objection the reading is dispensed with. the resolution is agreed to and the motion to reconsider is laid n the table. the speaker pro tempore: the chair lays before the house a communication. the clerk: the honorable the speaker, house of representatives, madam. pursuant to the permission granted in clause 2-h of rule 2 of the trials of u.s. house of representatives, the clerk received the following message from the secretary of the senate on january 15, 2019, at 9:35
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a.m. appointments, national security commission on artificial intelligence. with best wishes, i am, signed sincerely, karen l. haas. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, the chair will postpone further proceedings today on motions to suspend the rules on which a recorded vote or the yeas and nays are ordered or votes objected to under clause 6 of rule 20. the chair will resume proceedings on postponed questions at a later time. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from new york seek recognition? >> madam speaker, i move to suspend the rules and pass the joint resolution house joint resolution 27, making further continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2019 and for other purposes.
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the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the joint resolution. the clerk: house joint resolution 27, joint resolution making further continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2019 and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentlewoman from new york, mrs. lowey, and the gentlewoman from texas, ms. granger, each will control 20 minutes. the chair now recognizes the gentlewoman from new york. mrs. lowey: madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days within which to revise and extend their remarks an include extraneous material for h.j.res. 27, currently under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mrs. lowey: madam speaker, we are now in the 25th day of the trump shutdown. the longest federal government shutdown in united states history. this past friday, hundreds of
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thousands of dedicated federal employees went without a paycheck. it is shameful that the stubborn whims of the president have harmed the financial security of america's public servants. that includes federal law enforcement officials at the f.b.i., the very secret service agents who protect the president, those who work tirelessly to protect our air travel, our national parks, our environment, and public health. the bill before us is the seventh, let me repeat, the seventh piece of legislation that democrats have put on the house floor to end the trump shutdown and get the government back to work for the american people. it will reopen government through february 1, providing
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time for congress to come to a full year agreement without further jeopardizing vital services or the pay of federal workers. it is long past time that senate republicans join us to reopen the government, pay our federal employees, and then negotiate on border security and immigration policy. i hope that my colleagues across the capitol come to their senses and end this shutdown. i urge support for this bill and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from new york reserves. the gentlewoman from texas is recognized. ms. granger: i rise today in opposition to house joint resolution 27, a continuing resolution providing funding through february 1. i support the goal of rereopening the government, there are many critical programs on pause which are important to my constituents and all of us,
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programs like t.s.a. and border patrol, coast forward, air traffic controllers. unfortunately, the bill we're considering today will not restart those programs or help our districts. that's because it's not a comprehensive solution to resolve the government shutdown and fully address the security and humanitarian crisis we face on our southern border. criminals, terrorists, and drugs are fluringd shores. tens of thousands of children, many of them without their parents, make the dangerous trip to the united states every year. i've been to the border and to central america and i've heard the heart breaking stories. this situation is unacceptable and it must be address wesmed can and must do better. madam speaker, again, i share the concern that parts of the government remain closed and employees are not yet being paid. but moving this bill across the floor will not fix the problem fpble. to put it simply there's not a bipartisan consensus on this plan.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas reserves. mrs. lowey: madam speaker, i'm pleased to yield two minutes to my good friend and outstanding legislator from ohio, ms. kaptur, who was the chair-designate of the energy and water subcommittee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. kaptur: i want to thank chairwoman lowey for the recognition and opportunity to speak. madam speaker, this vote is a tribute to the thousands of federal patriots who have shown up to work for the past 25 days and working with no pay. this must end today. i call on my colleagues in this body to vote to support our hardworking public servants. this bill is a clean continuing resolution. it comprises short-term funding through february 1. for all the agencies and
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departmets currently shuttered for no good reason. those include the department of homeland security, the department of justice, the state department, the interior department, the agriculture department, the department of commerce, the environmental protection agency, the department of transportation, and many more agencies. the president is not serving this nation. he is not serving it well. he uses his authority to harm our republic. civil service workers are the bonds that hold our country together. the command for the chief is hurting our nation. and holds our entire government hostage to his hare brained notion that you can stop drug trafficking and migration with a wall. the drug traffickers must be laughing up a storm. they already ship it here hidden in legal cargo. they dug tunnels under the 650 miles of border that already exists. they figured that out. and they've been flying contraband twerl over our
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border. they boat illegal contraband in here from our coastal ports. and they ship it from china using the postal service. and we don't have a peck mechanism to detect fentanyl in the mail. to secure our nation and border, our nation first needs to open all our government agencies for the american people who are paying the bills, open those departments and pay the men and women who dedicate their lives to protecting our borders and protecting us. once the government is open, we can spend the next weeks discussing how best to fund mechanisms that will truly improve our scufert. this could include thor rogue inspection of all cargo, it could include enhanced electronic surveillance. thank you, this could include tissue the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized for an additional 30 seconds. ms. kaptur: i thank the speaker rks this could include enhanced electronic surveillance between ports of entry. this could include additional personnel at all ports of entry
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to increase checks and frankly in communities like i represent it should involve increasing d.e.a. agents to take care of the gangs who are trafficking in these illegal materials. most important we need a president who understands you don't stop the drug trade or undocumented immigration of individuals by shuttering the entire department of homeland security or furloughing the border agents or making them go to work without with no pay. he's got the wrong answer. for what america needs to address in border security and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman new york reserves. the gentlewoman from texas is recognized and members are reminded to refrain from engaging in personalities toward the president. ms. granger: i yield two minutes to the gentleman from alabama, mr. aderholt. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. aderholt: thank you, madam speaker. to the ranking member, thanks for the time on this bill.
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madam speaker, i think we all agree the american people expect this legislative body to deliver solutions to the difficult challenges that face our nation each and every day. as a longtime member of the appropriations committee i work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle over the years to try to reach agreement in trying to fund the federal government. what we have to do is try to find common ground. the matter of how we fully fund the federal government for the remained over f.y. 2019 of course remains unsolved. nd basically for one reason. my colleagues won't negotiate. they rejected requests to negotiate a deal. they need to come to the table with a counteroffer. instead they continue to kick the can down the road and continue to play politics with this issue. our colleagues reject the solutions requested by the professional personnel who actually protect the border. by digging in a position which is political and not policy ultimately they're responsible
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for the shutdown of the government agencies. however, this short-term c.r. known as the continuing resolution, does not solve the problem. the democrat leadership has said 100% no. this bill hits basically the snooze button for a few more weeks i think it's time our colleagues on the other side of the aisle wake up and negotiate. and come back to the table to find a real solution. madam speaker, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from texas reserves. the gentlelady from new york is recognized. mrs. lowey: i'm pleased to yield two minutes to my good friend from florida, ms. wasserman schultz, the chair-designate of the military construction and veterans affairs subcommittee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. wasserman schultz: i thank the gentlelady for yielding and thank you, madam speaker. madam speaker, i rise today to urge my colleagues to reopen the federal government and end this
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destructive trump shutdown. for 25 days now the trump shutdown has inflicted financial pain enanding an syity on families, businesses and communities across the united states. this week i spoke with a room full of these victims, aviation safety sex ert -- experts detailed to me how the trump shutdown erode and air travel system that for now is safe but they are growing worried and concerned. i heard from federal workers who told me the changes to tax laws ushered in during the republican tax scam have left citizens scrambling for answers yet workers are not there who can shepherd them through those changes. a local leader who represents domestic violence shelter warned me if the trump shutdown drags on as many as a third of the florida facilities that women count on for refuge when they are victims of domestic violence could find thems cutting services. democrats in the house have done our job. we passed half a dozen bills to reopen the government y senate republicans have decided to hide behind president trump and his border boondoggle, refusing to
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take yes for an answer that could end this irresponsible shutdown. while they're bhussy bowing to the president, senate republicans recklessly ignore that public safety is at stake. they down play and displace -- dismiss that 800,000 families are living without a paycheck. businesses, farmers, veterans, restaurant workers, domestic violence victims and many more are all feeling real pain from this unnecessary shutdown. we need to do our jobs. we need to work together and actually be the co-equal branch of government that the institution describes. so today house democrats will do just that and give senate republicans another option to get us out of this latest trump trap and offer this bill that would reopen all closed federal agencies through february 1. this this bill would allow time to debate border security and immigration reform but without afflicting harm on our families and businesses. it's the smart, reasonable,
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compassionate thing to do. i ask my colleagues to pass this bill into law without delay and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from new york reserves. the gentlelady from texas is recognized. ms. granger: i yield two minutes to the gentleman from washington, mr. newhouse. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. newhouse: i thank my friend, the lady from texas, for yielding. madam speaker, it's disappointing to watch my political colleagues to play political stunts rather than reopen the federal government. the legislation we have before us today has only seen the light of day for less than 24 hours. democrat leadership is abusing the suspension list, something usually reserved for bipartisan, noncontroversial legislation. to play politics with this government shutdown. let me be clear, this legislation will not reopen the government. this is once again, as we've seen for three weeks in a row
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now, house democrats using valuable time on the floor of the house of representatives to play partisan politics rather than to do our job, to find a real solution to reopen shuttered agencies. it's been reported that president trump has invited several house democrats to the white house today to discuss the government shutdown and potentially find solutions for compromise. unfortunately, it's also being reported that several of my fellow house members have rejected that invitation. if that is true, it demonstrates a serious neglect of our duties as representatives of the people. as my friend from california, representative jackie speier, rightly said just this morning on cable news, and i quote, i think when the president calls it is incumbent upon us to respect the office and to attend the meeting. if they have opinion asked, i would suggest they go. madam speaker, i could not
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agree more. every single member of this body should be working on behalf of the american people to reopen this government. the president is demonstrating his willingness to compromise. i sincerely hope my democrat colleagues will heed the invitation and come to the table with a real offer. any rejection of this invitation is a shameful disregard of the seriousness of the situation before us. thank you, madam speaker, and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from texas reserves. the gentlelady from new york is recognized. mrs. lowey: madam speaker, i'm prepared to close. does my colleague have any additional speakers? two? then i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves. the gentlelady from texas is recognized. ms. granger: i yield three minutes to the gentleman from tennessee, mr. fleischmann. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from tennessee is recognized. mr. fleischmann: thank you, madam speaker. i rise in opposition to house
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resolution 27. i want to thank ranking member granger for allowing me to speak on this very important issue. i do want to thank my distinguished colleagues on the other side of the aisle, mrs. lowey is a friend from new york. we have served together. madam speaker, this situation is frustrating. we've come to a place right now where i received a phone call last night from the commandant of the coast guard, admiral schultz. we talked about the wonderful men and women who are serving so well and so hard and who are not going to get a paycheck because of this situation. we all want border security. i believe that. but i also believe that president trump is right. that we need a wall, a barrier. i happen to represent the people of the third district of tennessee. wonderful people. east tennessee. and they tell me time and time
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again, build a wall, have a border, keep us safe. but we also want the government open. and when i look at the polling data, when i look at the phone calls, it's high time that we get back to work, open the government, but keep us safe. in our districts, we all represent republicans and democrats and independents. hopefully most of the people vote but even people who pay their taxes who decide not to vote, they count on the american representatives, our house to work and they count on the senate. in all due respect, h.r. 27 is dead on arrival in the united states senate. we know that. the american people know that. the president knows that. we need a compromise on this wall issue right now that will satisfy security, that will keep the american people safe and, yes, it will open the
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government. compromise is not a dirty word in this scenario. it's what we need to do and we need good faith. and i'm not aleneling bad faith on anyone in -- alleging bad faith on anyone in thisbody. i'm saying it's time to call a time-out and get back to work and do the people's business. they sent us here to govern. we need to govern. we need a wall. we need border security, and we need the government open. it's high time that we get there. madam speaker, with that i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from texas reserves. the gentlewoman from new yor reserves. the gentlewoman from texas is recognized. ms. granger: i yield three minutes to the gentleman from florida, mr. rutherford. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman fromlorida is recognized. mr. rutheord: i thank the gentlewoman for yielding. good to be with you this morning. mam speaker, i rise in opposition to this bill. another week has gone by and here we find ourselves with another exercise in futility.
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as i said last week, these c.r.'s are a waste of everyone's time and a waste of countless hours of hard work by members of staff on both sides of the aisle. and while we waste floor time and the american citizens' time, there are 800,000 families and more -- and more -- that are feeling the negative effects of the gamesmanship on the other side of the aisle. and these effects are not limited to government employees . contractors, small businesses, and the economy at large have been suffering for weeks. just the other day in jacksonville, spoke with the father o a government subcontractor who explained to me how much this shutdown has hurt his son's livelihood. this idethat once the government is open back up and government employees are going
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to receive their back pay, as i'm sure most eventually will, there are many across this country who will not. is son is one of them. just to prove how ridiculous this entire do. due to the incal is i transof democrats, it has already cost our economy more than the president's request for the wall. my colleagues on the other side of the aisle want to score political points by denying our duly elected president a campaign promise, a simple promise to protect the american citizen. rather than focusing energy on recently compromised by the senate and president to reopen the government and get federal workers their paychecks, we're spending time on bringing bills to the floor that have absolutely no chance of becoming law.
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here's my message to the house majority. stop using working class americans as leverage and come to the table to find a compromise on behalf of the american people. i said it before and i'll say it again. if the speaker is serious about opening the government and getting people back to work, bring a bill to the floor that senate will pass and the president will sign. madam speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from texas reserves. the gentlelady from new york is recognized. ms. granger: madam speaker, i urge a no vote on this continuing resolution and yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from new york is recognized. mrs. lowey: madam speaker, it's time to end the trump shutdown. let's vote yes and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. the question is, will the house
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suspend the rules and pass house joint resolution 27. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 having responded in the affirmative -- 2/3 having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the joint resolution is passed. mrs. lowey: i ask for the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. those in favor of taking this vote by the yeas and nays will rise and remain standing until counted. a sufficient number having arisen, the yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this question will be postponed.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman
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rom maryland seek recognition? mr. cummings: madam speaker, i move the house suspend the rules and agree to the bill h.r. 135. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 135, a bill to amend the notification and federal employee anti-discrimination and retaliation act of 2002 to strengthen federal anti-discrimination laws enforced by the equal employment opportunity commission and expand accountability within the for al government, and ther purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from maryland, mr. cummings, and the gentlewoman from north carolina, ms. foxx, each will control 20 minutes. the chair now recognizes the gentleman from maryland. mr. cummings: madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and and their remarks include extraneous material on h.r. 135. the speaker pro tempore:
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without objection. mr. cummings: madam speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. cummings: today, i am very pleased to bring to the floor six bills from the committee on oversight and government reform. each bill, i'm very glad to say, enjoys bipartisan sponsorship. these measures will strengthen protections for federal employees and for congressional interns and enhance accountability and improve the federal procurement and grant processes. the first measure we are , the ng today is h.r. 135 federal employee anti-discrimination act. this bill is essentially identical to legislation that has passed the house in each of the two previous congresses. in the 114th congress, the
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measure passed by a vote of 403-0. in the last congress, it passed by voice vote. let me thank my colleagues, representatives meadows, norton, sensenbrenner, and jackson lee, for working with me on this measure. thank you for your leadership and your commitment to improving our federal equal opportunity programs. let me also thank tanya ward jordan, paulette taylor, and all the members of the coalition four, known as c-4-c, for their work on this measure and for their years of perseverance as we worked to get this measure enacted into law. one of my highest priorities as the chairman of the oversight committee is to protect the right of every single federal
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employee, every federal job app i will caint, and indeed of every citizen -- app i will caint and indeed of every citizen to -- applicant and indeed every citizen to equal opportunity. while the federal workplace is in complains for the standards for model equal employee opportunity program promulgated by the equal opportunity employment commission, sadly, some still are not. it is past time for these failures to be corrected. during our committee's bipartisan investigations of several different agency, including the forest service, park service and transportation and security administration, we have seen firsthand the consequences that employees suffer when agencies fail to
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operate model e.e.o. programs. or when they do not handle complaints of harassment and discrimination in a fair, timely, and consistent and thor rogue manner. we've also seen how employees who file complaints with agencies e.e.o. programs can be victimized again if appropriate steps are not taken to prevent the disclosure of complaint ants' identities and personal information. h.r. 135 would strengthen the management of federal e.e.o. programs by requiring that they operate independently of agencies' human resources and general counsel offices. h.r. 135 would require that the head of each agency, e.e.o. program report directly to the head of the agency. policy is critical to ensuring
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that agencies prioritize their e.e.o. programs at the highest levels and their sole purpose is to ensure equal opportunity to all employees. h.r. 135 would strengthen the accountability mechanisms that are essential to effectiveness and efficiency of the e.e.o. process. the bill also would prohibit any forms, policies, or agreements that seek to prevent an employee from disclosing waste, fraud, or abuse to congress, the office of special counsel or an inspector general. these -- the provisions in this bill are very simple. and the entire house has repeat think supported them on a bipartisan basis. i urge my colleagues to support h.r. 135 and i urge the senate
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o pass this bill as quickly as possible. let me be clear. what the measure before us is is fortunate improving our federal workplaces. many of those workplaces are shut down today and they have been shut down longer than any time in our great nation's history. as legislation before us proves, we can come together in a bipartisan manner to enact measures that will help million os americans who work for the federal government. as i've often said, our federal employees do not want us to government -- want government to hurt them, they want us to help them. we ought to be able to come together on a bipartisan basis and take the simple step of reopening our government and ensuring that the programs and services on which our nation
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depends are functioning and that the people who work for us get paid so they can take care of their families and take care of their bills. for they give their blood, their sweat, and their tears to keep our country together. with that, madam speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from maryland reserves. the gentlewoman from virginia -- i'm sorry, north carolina is recognized. ms. foxx: thank you, madam speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. foxx: thank you, madam speaker, i rise today in support of h.r. 135, the federal employee anti-discrimination act. h.r. 135 amends the notification and federal employee anti-discrimination and retaliation act of 2002, commonly referred to as the no fear act, to better identify and correct instances of
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discrimination throughout the federal government. specifically, h.r. 135 requires federal agencies to establish a system to track equal employment opportunity complaints from beginning to end. this system must also track any disciplinary action that resulted in from a finding of a discriminatory act. if a disciplinary action is taken by an agency against an employee, boston the disciplinary action and the reason for the action must be included in the employee's personnel record. h.r. 135 implements notification and reporting requirements for instances of discrimination within federal agencies. agentcies must post a notice on their website if the agency are equal employment opportunity commission finds that a discriminatory or retaliatory act has occurred.
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the bill also requires agencies to submit a report to the eeoc if a discriminatory or retaliatory act is found to have occurred. the report must include any disciplinary action initiated against an employee for discrimination or retaliation against another employee. lastly, the bill bars agencies from using nondisclosure agreements or policies to restrict federal employees from reporting waste, fraud, and abuse to congress, the office of special counsel, and inspectors general. i thank mr. cummings for his good work on this piece of legislation and i urge my colleagues to support this bill and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from north carolina reserves. the gentleman from m.d. is recognized. mr. cummings: thank you, i yield to the dits ting wished gentlelady from the district of
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columbia, ms. eleanor holmes norton for four minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. ms. norton: i thank the distinguished chairman for yielding and particularly thank him for his remarks concerning this bill. i am particularly pleased to rise in support of this bill as a former chair of the equal employment opportunity commission for this bill strengthens the protection federal employees enjoy under the anti-discrimination laws of our country. it reinforces the importance of the anti-discrimination provisions by requiring that the head of that program report directly to the agency head. it expands notification of findings of discrimination and any action that has been taken pursuant to the -- to those findings. surely we understand the importance of that section at a time when we have just recently passed a sexual harassment
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provision. and of course we can see the deterrent effect of letting the disciplinary action be known in any disciplinary action taken be known. finally the bill bars agreements that would keep employees from disclosing any kind of federal and waste also fraud and abuse. this kind of provision is normally called a whistleblower provision. i particularly appreciate, mr. chairman, that you have brought this bill to the floor. sure it's noncontroversial, but you brought it at a time when federal employees are experiencing the longest shutdown in u.s. history. this bill cannot and does not purport to make up in any way
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for the effects of that shutdown. but this bill does send a message to federal employees at they are particularly valued and so far as i can tell it sends it in a unanimous fashion. just as this shutdown has a unanimous resolution. it just so happens that around 62,000 federal employees live in my own district because this is the capital of the united states. the 62,000 i should add who are furloughed or working with no pay. but i want to remind members that each and every member of this body has federal employees who are at home, desiring to work or furloughed as i speak. though i represent a large number, those of you from far west states should know that you are among those who represent the largest number of federal
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employees. that's how dependent they are, far away from washington, on federal employees. madam speaker, the president seems to have moved a step away from claiming dictatorial powers to commandeer federal funds to open the government. that's probably because somebody drew to his attention the extraordinary spectrum of constitutional, legal, political and financial issues that would be raised not to mention a court suit that is probably being prepared just in case as i speak. but madam speaker, i am coming to the floor as well to urge our committee and the majority of which i am a member to use this crisis of trump's making to
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carefully rethink the president's emergency powers, leaving him ample room to move in case of an actual emergency, while giving congress more latitude to contain executive excess. for now, we have before us the easiest -- mr. cummings: i yield the gentlelady two more minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for two more minutes. ns morton: i appreciate that, mr. chairman. in the meantime, i want to lay before the house that we have the easiest of compromises. when i was a tenured professor of law at georgetown university, we usually had a number of issues on the table at the same time, the easiest compromise is one that involves a number. the numbers -- the number the president claims -- clings to is
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$5 billion. think of -- i can think of endless ways and i'm sure every member can to compromise that number. so in the name of a mounting number of americans who are beginning to feel the shutdown though they are not federal employees, not to mention the federal employees themselves, i am asking even for my side to make a more concerted push to reach an agreeable number. even though the polls show that the american people are with the democrats on the issue. as a suggestion, i ask that the democrats appoint a subcommittee and that the administration do the same, to sit down and hammer out an acceptable compromise. for more than two centuries now, we have operated under separation of powers government
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to make ty ran call rule nearly impossible -- tyrannical rule nearly impossible. even trump is hesitating to declare an emergency to get his border wall. that throws the wall, the ball in our camp, we are who are democrats, that control this house, i ask that we accept it and use it, run with it, and set until matter now. i thank the gentleman for yielding. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from maryland reserves. the gentleman from north carolina is recognized. ms. foxx: thank you madam speaker. i'd like to make the gentleman from maryland aware that i have no further speakers and i am prepared to close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. cummings: i have just one -- i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker: the gentleman is recognized. mr. cummings: may i inquire how much time we have?
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from maryland has eight minutes remaining. mr. cummings: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. cummings: i want to associate myself with the words of the gentlelady from the district of columbia. o often what we see is our federal employees often being iticized when it came to trying to find money when we have budgetary problems, seems that there's an effort to constantly go in to the federal employees and make them pay. they do all kinds of jobs. and i am -- i agree with the gentlelady, this is no -- this bill does not solve the problem of the shutdown. but at least i hope that we're
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sending a message to them that we care about them and we understand and we feel their pain. and i agree with her, there's some kind of way we ought to be able to move from where we are to getting folks back to work. perhaps the issue that con -- issues that confront the compromises that is looking at this wall, deal with that at some other time but we need to get people back to work. . people are in pain. they are feeling it. but not only are the employees feeling it, all the people that are coming to the various parks or whatever who simply want to have a nice day. who simply want to have some reasonable entertainment that
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does not cost them a lot by going for a a walk in the park. for getting the services that are needed. for making sure that our airplanes do not have folks on them carrying guns. these folks that we saw in the airport over the weekend 7. they are the same ones coming in day after day. and they are working for no pay. we're better than that. and i am praying that we will get this issue resolved. in talking to the people in my district and the lady from the district of columbia talked about the number of people she has in her district who are federal employees. we in maryland have over 100,000 federal employees. we have so many people that work for the federal government through contracting. so there must be a way to get this done.
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i'm not -- i'm going to close but i give the gentlelady her opportunity and then i'll come back, madam speaker. therefore i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from maryland reserves. the gentlewoman from north carolina is recognized. ms. foxx: thank you, very much, madam speaker. i urge adoption of the bill and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. the gentleman from maryland is recognized. mr. cummings: madam speaker, again yield myself such time as i may consume. i want to thank my colleagues, congressman meadows, who worked very hard on this bill, congresswoman norton, and sensenbrenner, and jackson lee. all of them worked in a strong, bipartisan way to make this happen. h.r. 135 is simple, straightforward measure that would make a handful of changes to require the federal agencies,
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equal employment opportunity programs, conform to the model standards set forth by the equal employment opportunity commission and to strengthen ccountability. this bill has had overwhelming bipartisan support from the entire house of representatives for years. and i urge the senate to pass this measure as soon as possible. as i close, i do not want to address extraneous issues that have previously arisen regarding this measure in the senate homeland security and governmental matters affairs committee. i want to be crystal clear. that i believe that the supervisors who engage in discriminatory or retaliatory actions must be held accountable. however, this can be accomplished without curtailing any p existing due process rights for federal employees, and will i continue to oppose efforts to roll back due process rights.
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so with that, madam speaker, i urge the house to vote in favor of this bill. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from maryland yields back. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 135. so many as are in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed, the gentleman from maryland. mr. cummings: i request for the -- ask for the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. all those in favoring of taking this vote by the yeas and nays will rise and remain standing until counted. a sufficient number having arisen, the yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this uestion will be postponed. for what purpose does the
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gentleman from maryland seek recognition? mr. cummings: madam speaker, i move that the house suspend the rules and agree to bill h.r. 1 36. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 136, a bill to amend title 5 united states code to protect unpaid interns in the federal government from workplace harassment and discrimination, and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from maryland, mr. cummings, and the gentlewoman from north carolina, ms. foxx, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from maryland. mr. couple cannings: thank you, madam speaker. i -- mr. cummings: thank you, madam speaker. i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and and include remarks extraneous material on h.r. 136. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. cummings: madam speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. cummings: the bill before
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us, the federal intern protection act, will close a loophole in federal employment law that currently leaves unpaid interns open to discrimination and sexual harassment without any legal recourse. the oversight committee has held multiple hearings about sexual rassment and retaliation occurring in various federal agencies including the environmental protection agency, the national park service, and the forest service. during these hearings, both my republican colleagues and i expressed our disgust at the exploitation of female employees and interns. we demanded action to prevent future abuse. unfortunately, the acts of harassing unpaid interns on the basis of race, religion, age, or sex is currently prohibited --is not currently printed by federal
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law. under existing law victims rely on the disdiscretion and preventy of managers to this behavior. one witness who testified before our committee told us that managers do not always address the problem as they should, and may actually be a part of the problem. the witness stated, i quote, even after finding about the numerous harassment victims, the direct reporting supervisor continued to feed the harasser a steady diet of young women. end of quote. we saw at our hearings that allowing this kind of behavior to go unchecked can have serious consequences on the lives and careers of those who are interested in government service. our bill will give federal interns the same protections already provided to federal
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employees. this measure passed the house in previous congresses and i urge my colleagues to join me in ensuring that this legislation passes our chamber once again today. i want to speak to the congressional intern act. related legislation i introduced which gives protections to congressional interns and which pass at the end of the last congress as part of a package of reforms to the congressional accountability act. this is a great start, but more must be done. along with the federal intern protection act, i introduced the unpaid intern protection act which will provide these protections to interns in the private sector. madam speaker, i thank you, and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from maryland reserves. the gentlewoman from north carolina is recognized.
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ms. foxx: thank you, madam speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. foxx: thank you, madam speaker. i rise today in support of h.r. 136, the federal intern protection act. the federal government is well served by interns who provide invaluable assistance to agencies. many of the staff here and congress itself began as interns. and i know my office over the years has been extremely well served with interns who have credit to become a real to where they have found themselves employed. interns work alongside career federal employees helping to conduct agency business on behalf of the american people. federal internship programs help agencies identify and develop the next generation of federal employees. in exchange, interns gain
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valuable work experience. many interns are students who benefit from the opportunities developed experience in a field they might hope to enter upon graduation. some students even receive credit they can apply at their institution of learning. unfortunately, there are no existing provisions in federal law that protect interns working at federal agencies from harassment or discrimination. in o'connor vs. davis united states court of appeals for the second circuit upheld the district court decision finding an intern could not bring sexual harassment claims under federal law. the court reasoned that the intern was not an employee and she was therefore not covered by existing law. the court concluded that, quote, it is for congress, if it should choose to do so, to provide a remedy, end quote. h.r. 136 provides the remedy.
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the federal intern protection act ensures interns working for the federal government receive the same protections as employees. the bill prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sex, age, or disability for interns working at federal agencies. discrimination disadvantages eager to work interns, but discrimination also disadvantages federal agencies for interfering with the selection of the best intern candidate. i thank my colleague from maryland, mr. cummings, for his sponsorship of this bill and for his leadership and commitment to protecting interns who work for the federal government and urge all members to support the bill. i urge my colleagues to support it and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from north carolina reserves. the gentleman from maryland is recognized. mr. cummings: madam speaker, we
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have no further speakers. i yield to the gentlelady. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentlelady from north carolina is recognized. ms. foxx: thank you, madam speaker. i have no further speakers, either. i urge adoption of the bill. again thank mr. cummings for his work. yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yield back. the gentleman from maryland is recognized. mr. cummings: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. cummings: h.r. 136 is a commonsense measure that would close a loophole in the federal employment law that currently leaves the youngest, most vulnerable group of our constituents opened to harassment and discrimination without legal recourse to protect them. this bipartisan bill passed our chamber in the last congress reflecting bipartisanship agreement that we need to solidify protection force federal interns and ensure they have the same protections
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already provided to federal employees. as i close, i want to be clear that this bill responds to very real instances of interns being victimized within the federal government. without this bill, victims would be forced to continue to rely on the discretion and integrity of the managers to prevent this behavior. i still say we can do better than that. so i urge the house to join me today in supporting this measure, and i look forward to working with my senate colleagues to move this bill through the senate and finally get it to the president's desk. with that, madam speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from maryland yields back. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 136. so many as are in favor say aye. those opposed, no.
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in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed. the gentleman from maryland. mr. cummings: thank you, madam speaker. madam speaker, i move that the house suspend the rules and agree to h.r. 2 -- the speaker pro tempore: does the gentleman request the yeas and nays? mr. cummings: no. the speaker pro tempore: then, without objection the motion to reconsider is laid upon the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from maryland seek recognition? mr. cummings: i move that the house suspend the rules and agree to h.r. 202. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 202, a bill to amend the inspector general act of 1978 relative to the powers of the department of justice inspector general. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from maryland, mr. cummings, and the gentlewoman
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from north carolina, ms. foxx, each will control 20 minutes. the chair now recognizes the gentleman from maryland. mr. cummings: thank you, madam speaker. i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and and include remarks extraneous material on the measure before us today. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. cummings: madam speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. cummings: i rise today in strong support of h.r. 202, the inspector general act. . i would like to thank representatives richmond, hice, and lynch for the bipartisan man for the which they worked on this important bill in the last congress. the inspector general access act would allow the inspector general of the cotcht justice to investigate allegations of misconduct by department
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attorneys. the i.g. is statutorily independent and currently has the authority to investigate other d.o.j. personnel. ut the i.g. is barred from pursuing appropriate investigations into attorneys at the department. under current law, the authority to investigate attorneys is restricted to the office of professional responsibility within d.o.j. o.p.r. is not statutorily independent and its head is not confirmed by the senate like the i.g. is. treating attorneys differently from other personnel is simply unfair. michael horowitz, the inspector general at the department of justice, recently testified before our committee on oversight and government reform and this is what he said. this, and i quote, this bifurcated jurisdiction creates
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a system where misconduct by f.b.i. agents and other d.o.j. law enforcement officers is conducted by statutorily independent i.g. appointed by the president and confirmed by the senate. while the misconduct did.o.j. prosecutors is investigated by a component head who is apointed by the department's leadership and who lacks statutory independence. there is no principal reason for treating misconduct by federal prosecutors differently than misconduct by d.o.j. law enforcement agents is -- agents, end of quote. h.r. 202 would not prohibit o.p.r. from investigating attorney, it would simply add the ability to investigate attorneys where appropriate to the i.g.'s authority. an additional layer of accountability. empowering i.g.'s has been and
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should continue to be a nonpartisan issue. the committee on oversight and reform relies on the work of i.g.'s. we strongly support the efforts to help them to do their jobs effectively and efficiently. a bill identical to the one before us passed the house on a voice vote in the last congress. i urge my colleagues to continue their support for i.g.'s by supporting the inspector general access act. thank you, madam speaker, and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from maryland reserves. the gentlewoman from north carolina is recognized. ms. foxx: thank you, madam speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. foxx: i rise in support of h.r. 202, the inspectors general access act of 2019. inspectors general perform a critical oversight function with
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regard to misconduct at their respective agencies. this committee, the oversight and government reform committee, has a long history of advocating for i.g.'s to have timely and complete access to all the information they need to fulfill their oversight and investigative functions. in continuance of that mission h.r. 202 removes an unnecessary and outdated statutory hurdle that prevents the inspector general from investigating certain misconduct at the department of justice, d.o.j. urrent law requires the d.o.j. i.g. to refer allegations of misconduct by department attorneys to the office of professional responsibility or o.p.r. rather than initiate an investigation. the o.p.r. existed prior to the statutory creation of the d.o.j.
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i.g. in 1988. at the time, d.o.j. -- at the time d.o.j. i.g. was created o.p. reform retained the specific authority. h.r. 202 seeks to harr monoize the department of justice i.g.'s investigative authority with the rest of the federal inspectors general who are not similarly restricted. congress and this committee have consistently supported the need for independent and transparent oversight of federal agencies and programs. the current bifurcation of investigative authority at d.o.j. is inconsistent with this committee's history of supporting the notion of an unencumbered i.g. the d.o.j. i.g. is not without its own oversight. the i.g. is confirmed by the senate, accountable to the public and is only removable by
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the president after notification to congress. further, the i.g. has statutory reporting obligations to both agency leadership and congress. the o.p.r. in contrast lacks such independent from the agency it is obligated to investigate. the director of o.p.r. is selected and appointed by the attorney general, answers to the attorney general, and can be removed or disciplined only by the attorney general. the i.g.'s independence is critical to the value of their work. also critical to the value of the i.g.'s work is transparency. the i.g. maintains transparency by publishing its reports on a public website. the website also contains information about the i.g.'s operations and functions and a full archive of completed and ongoing work.
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this standard of transparency does not apply to o.p.r. adverse findings by o.p.r. against the d.o.j. lawyer are subject to review by the department's leadership and can be overruled by the department's leadership without any transparency. it is important to note that this division of authority is a unique situation amongst the federal i.g. community. the need for this legislation has also been discussed in multiple hearings before the oversight and government reform committee and in reports by watchdog groups. the d.o.j. i.g., michael horowitz, testified before the oversight and government reform committee on the importance of eliminating this discrepancy. congress' own watchdog, the government accountability office, has issued reports with recommendations to empower the
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d.o.j. i.g. this is a good bill, madam speaker. and i urge my colleagues to support it. with that, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the yom from north carolina reserves. the gentleman from maryland is recognized. mr. cummings: madam speaker, i yield three minutes to the distinguished lady from the state of florida, ms. wasserman schultz. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from florida is recognized. ms. wasserman schultz: i thank the gentleman for yielding and thank you, madam speaker. i rise today to urge congress to pass the inspector general access act of 2019. this act, i'm pleased to underscore, enjoys broad bipartisan support from this body, now and has in the past but its approval is more urgent now. the actions, for example of ormer attorney general acosta,
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have been under scrutiny after a deal he offered. it appears that acosta gave a sweetheart deal to a wealthy and well connected sex offender and hid it from his victims some of whom were still in the midst of coming forward. acosta is now the u.s. secretary of labor, a position that handled -- handles workplace harassment policies, yet he refused to discuss this. this would allow the department of inspector general to investigate allegations of misconduct. a power the i.g. office already has when it comes to investigating allegations made against any of d.o.j.'s many law enforcement agents, from the federal bureau of investigation to the u.s. marshal service. this act has received broad bipartisan support both in successive congresses and from the government accountability office.
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but because of the unusual carveout, the d.o.j.'s inspector general is believed to be as the ranking member said the only federal sidgetcy that has no explicit power to review the conduct of its own attorney. if professional misconduct was involved in the handling of epstein's plea deal, potentially dozens of his victims have a right to know. acosta's seemingly unethical decision to drastically reduce the criminal penalties against this vile sexual predator and shield his other co-conspirators is unacceptable. the american people and the victim these horrific crimes deserve to know why justice was not served in this case and the lack of transparency still cloaking it is deeply disturbing. giving the d.o.j.'s inspector general nor explicit and indement power to pull back the cloak of secrecy on acosta's sweetheart deal goes to the heart of transparency and accountable that this office stands for and that this bill would insist upon.
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thank you, and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from maryland reserves. mr. cummings: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from north carolina is recognized. ms. foxx: madam speaker, i have no further speakers so i'll continue -- i'll continue to reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from maryland. mr. cummings: we have no further speakers so i will yield to the gentlelady to close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. ms. foxx: thank you, madam speaker. i urge the adoption of this bill and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. the gentleman from maryland is recognized. mr. cummings: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. cummings: on november 29, 2018, d.o.j. inspector general michael horowitz sent a letter to the oversight committee in support of the inspector general access act. this is what he wrote, and i quote.
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providing the o.i.g. with authority to exercise jurisdiction in attorney professional misconduct cases would enhance the public's confidence in the outcomes of these investigations and provide the o.i.g. with the same authority as every other inspector general, end quote. i will include mr. horowitz's letter in the record. on december 25, 2018, "the new york times" editorial board wrote, and i quote, it makes sense to give mr. horowitz's office oversight authority over the activities of the justice department lawyers. as other inspectors general have over lawyers in their departments. doing so would aid the cause of justice and strengthen the public's trust in an institution charged with upholding it.
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on december 30, 2018, the "miami herald" also publish and editorial in support of the inspector general access act. i hope the senate will follow quick and bipartisan action this body will take today and will -- and pass a bill so that we can get to the -- get it to the president's desk for signature as soon as possible. with that, madam speaker, i urge all of our colleagues to vote in favor of this very important legislation and with that, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from maryland yields back. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 202. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 being in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed, and without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid n the table.
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for what purpose does the gentleman from maryland seek recognition? mr. cummings: i move that the house suspend the rules and agree to house bill h.r. 113. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 113. a bill to require the purr which is of domestically made flags of the united states of america for use by the federal government. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from maryland, mr. cummings and the gentlewoman from north carolina, ms. foxx, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from maryland. mr. cummings: thank you very much, madam speaker. i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days in which to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on h.r. 113. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. cummings: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognize. mr. cummings: the all american
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flag act is a commonsense bill that all members can support. it would require that all federal agencies purchase american flags that are manufactured right here in the united states. using materials grown or produced in the united states. under current law the requirement applies only to the department of defense and veterans affairs. it should be extended all federal agencies. under current law the bill would provide certain limited exceptions and allow agencies to purchase american flags made elsewhere if they are not available in sufficient quantity or quality from american manufacturers. i urge the support of this bill and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from maryland reserves the balance of his time. the chair recognizes the
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gentlelady from north carolina. ms. foxx: thank you, madam speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. foxx: thank you, madam speaker. h.r. 113 is a bipartisan bill to ensure government agencies buy united states flags made only from 100% american made materials. most americans may think american flags purchased with taxpayer money for the government are made here at home by americans using only u.s. materials. surprisingly, this is not a uniform requirement in current federal acquisition laws and regulations. requirements in current law are inconsistent when it comes to the content of american flags purchased by executive agencies. the department of defense and the military departments generally are required to buy american flags made entirely of u.s. materials. but civilian agencies are
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currently permitted to buy flags that are manufactured in the u.s. consisting of only 51% american made material or sometimes even less than that. . this bill priss all executive agencies under a single rule about the content of american flags bought by the federal government of the the bill harmonizes and integrates the single rule with existing laws that require domestic could be tent -- content of u.s. flags purchased by the government. rather than impose new rules and exceptions for d.o.d. and civilian agency flag purchases, the all american flag act recognizes and essentially adopts current d.o.d. requirements and exceptions. he bill makes those flag purchasing standards permanent law and applies the rules to civilian agent acies that buy
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u.s. flags. h.r. 113 contains limited exceptions that recognize practical realities such as domestic nonavailability. these exceptions reflect those contained in current law governing d.o.d. purchase of textiles, including u.s. flags. i like -- i thank representative bustos and the many co-sponsors who are leading this effort to honor america's greatest symbol of freedom, and i urge my colleagues to support this bill. with that i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves the balance of her time. the chair recognizes the gentleman from maryland. mr. cummings: madam speaker, we have no further speakers. i would yield to the gentlelady for closing. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the chair recognizes the gentlelady from north carolina. ms. foxx: thank you, madam speaker. i have no further speakers.
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i urge adoption of the bill. and yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. the chair recognizes the gentleman from maryland. mr. cummings: madam speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. madam speaker, i think this is a very important bill. the american flag is so near and dear to so many people. and quite often folks think that it's being manufactured -- they are being manufactured here in the united states. and being manufactured with materials grown here. but the fact is quite often that is not the case. so i think it's only fitting that when we wave that flag and when we salute that flag, we know that it's been produced here in our country.
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and with that, madam speaker, i urge all of our colleagues to vote in favor of this legislation and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the house - will suspend the rules enpass the bill h.r. 1113. so many as are in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed, and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid pon the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from maryland seek recognition? mr. cummings: madam speaker, i move that the house suspend the 247. and agree to h.r. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 247, a a bill to amend chapter 36 of title 44
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united states code to make certain changes relating to electronic government services, and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from maryland, mr. couple cannings, and the gentlewoman from north carolina, ms. foxx, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from maryland. mr. cummings: thank you very much, madam speaker. i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and and include remarks extraneous material on the measure before us today. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. cummings: madam speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. r. cummings: first, it would update the name of the administrator for e-government to the federal chief information officer and it would require direct reporting of that individual to the director of
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the office of management and budget. it's very, very important. second, it would establish the position of federal chief information security officer who would report to the federal c.i.o. and assist o.m.b. in the cyber security efforts. finally, this very important bill would require the federal c.i.o. to submit a proposal on consolidating i.t. across federal agencies, especially smaller agencies for the use of shared services. madam speaker, i urge all members to vote in favor of this bill, but i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the chair recognizes the gentlelady. ms. foxx: thank you, madam speaker. madam speaker, i would like to yield such time as he may consume to the chief sponsor of this legislation, representative hurd from texas.
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the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the mr. hurd. mr. hurd: thank you, madam speaker. i'd like to thank the distinguished gentlewoman for yielding time to me on this important p piece of legislation. it should come as no surprise to anyone in this chamber that technology is integrated into every facet of our daily lives. we have come a long way since the bill that established the role of the federal chief information officer, the e-government act was originally passed. less than 50% of the u.s. population had home access to the internet in 2001 when this was first passed. now nearly every american has access to the internet. just 62% of americans had cell phones when the original bill was passed. now 95% of americans own cell phones and 77% of those are smart phones. mobile apps were nonexistent in 2002. today, over 2.2 million apps are
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available to consumers this. bill recognizes how far technology has come. it codifies the position of the federal chief information officer and elevates the office to report directly to the head of the office of management and budget. the bill also establishes the role of the federal chief information security office -- officer, and cico who reports directly to the federal c.i.o. and lead o.m.b. cyber security efforts. empowering c.i.o.'s at the federal agencies is consistent with the principles of one of the signature pieces of legislation on i.t. perform, the federal i.t. acquisition and reform act a. the federal c.i.o. should be treated no differently. the federal c.i.o. must have the statutory and organizational authority to succeed, and this bill achieves just that. the bill does more than just rename the office. it makes a clear statement the federal c.i.o. is in charge of
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coordinating i.t. policy across the government. this bill passed the house last congress by a vote of 391-0. and i want to thank my friends, representatives robin kelly, mark meadows, jerry connolly for their continued support for this important initiative. i'd like to thank chairman couple cannings and ranking member jordan for making sure this important piece of legislation comes to the floor. and i urge my colleagues to support this bill. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. the gentleman from maryland is recognized. mr. cummings: madam speaker, we reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentlelady from north carolina. ms. foxx: thank you, madam speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. foxx: thank you, madam speaker. i think this piece of legislation is in the spirit of what congress needs to be doing
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in terms of updating where we're in dealing with technology and the need for adequate oversight. this bill acknowledges that federal technology 308cy -- policy has not kept up with the pace of technology integration by federal agencies. this bill codifies the position of federal c.i.o., emphasizing the importance of the role to the formation of governmentwide technology policy. and this bill promotes organized , cost efficient, and secure technology used throughout the federal government. i strongly urge my colleagues to support the bill. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves. mr. cummings: madam speaker, we have no further speakers. therefore we reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentlelady is recognized. ms. foxx: thank you you, madam
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speaker. we have no further speakers. would like to again thank the gentleman from texas, mr. hurd, for introducing this bill along with the many bipartisan supporters of it. i urge my colleagues to support the bill, vote for it, and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. the gentleman is recognized. mr. cummings: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. cummings: madam speaker, i colleague, my congresswoman foxx in thank plghurd, mr. connolly, and congresswoman kelly for all the hard work they put into this legislation. so often we in our congress we're blessed to have somebody like mr. hurd who is very, very familiar with these, sometimes
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very complex issues. and he brings just a reasonable approach to coming up with bipartisan solutions to the problems that are facing our country. but just as significant bringing solutions that will prevent problems from happening. so i want to thank him for working so hard on this, along with our colleagues, mr. connolly and ms. kelly. again, madam speaker, i urge all of our members to vote in favor of this bill. it's a significant piece of legislation. and with that i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 247. so many as are in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3
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of those voting having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed, and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid pon the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from maryland seek recognition? mr. cummings: madam speaker, i move that the house suspend the bill h.r. 150. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 150, a bill to make modernize federal grant reporting, and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from maryland, mr. cummings, and and the gentlewoman from north carolina, ms. foxx, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from maryland. mr. cummings: madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and and include remarks 150.neous material on h.r. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. i cummings: madam speaker,
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yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. cummings: the grant reporting efficientcy and agreements transparency act introduced by representatives virginia foxx and jimmy gomez, would standardize reporting for recipients of federal grants and cooperative agreements. grant recipients often have to report the same information in different ways because federal agent -- agencies don't use the same forms or even the same terms to define required information. i've often said the most important thing we must d in our lifes is to operate in an effective and efficient manner and that also includes this ongress.
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under this bill, the director of the office of management and budget and secretary of heath and human services would be required to establish a government-wide data standard for grant report oing. the bill would encourage o.m.b. and h.h.s. to make the information grant recipients report fully searchable and achine readable. this would provide greater transparency into money spent on the grants. it would also require that data collected from grant recipients be published on a single public portal. i want to thank the distinguished gentlelady ms. foxx for working with representative connolly last congress on the use of nonproprietary identifiers for grants and grantees. she, too, has worked in a hard,
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bipartisan way to bring solutions to problems. and to bring practical solutions to problems. the bill before us would allow this issue to be carefully considered to ensure it is workable. with that, madam speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the chair recognizes the gentlelady from north carolina. ms. foxx: thank you, madam speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is acknowledged. ms. foxx: thank you very much. i appreciate very much the comments made by my colleague from maryland and appreciate particularly the emphasis this afternoon that has been placed n bipartisan bills and efficiency and effectiveness in the federal government. those are values that should not
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be assigned to any particular party. they are important for our country. they are important for what we do. and in the interest of efficiency, i would like to recognize the gentleman from virginia, mr. kline, who has been waiting patiently to speak n this bill and then after i reserve and mr. cummings is recognized again i'll come back for my remarks, madam speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. kline: thank you, madam speaker. i'm pleased to rise in support of house resolution 150, the grant reporting efficiency and agreements transparency act. madam speaker, in 17 8, patrick henry spoke at the virginia constitutional convention where he said the liberties of a people never were will be secure when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them. transparency in government is an
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important principle for the preservation of our republic and it has been a priority for me during my tenure in the virginia house of delegates where i was proud to sponsor legislation to put the entire state budget in a searchable, online database. in a similar veen, h.r. 150 -- vein, h.r. 150 would require that information for 150 federal grants would be stan carized and policed in a single online portal. the will modernize the way government does business. nonprofits, state and local governments and small businesses will no longer be forced to spend meaningful work hours on filling out due flicktive paperwork. in return this will not only make the grant reporting process more transparent but more efficient and access to believe everyday americans, thus saving taxpayer dollars and helping to fulfill the vision of another virginian, thomas jefferson who in his first inaugural said, and
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i quote, a wise and frugal government shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave they will otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement and shall not take from the mouths of labor the bread it has earned. this is the sousm good government. madam speaker, i support this bill and urge its passage. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the gentlelady from north carolina reserves. the chair recognizes the gentleman from maryland. mr. cummings: we have no further speakers therefore i will reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the chair recognizes the gentlelady. ms. foxx: thank you, madam speaker. i appreciate the gentleman from virginia sharing his comments with us and i'd like to continue my remarks by thanking representative jimmy gomez for helping author this piece of legislation the grant reporting efficiency and agreements transparency act or great act.
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representative gomez has been an outstanding partner on this bipartisan bill to create more transparency, efficiency and accountability in the federal grant reporting process and i thank him for his hard work. madam speaker, in 2017 the deral government awarded $662.7 billion in grants funding to state agency lorks call and tribal governments, agencies, nonprofits, universities and other organizations. his is a lot of hard working tax dollars even in terms of washington speak. within our federal government there are 26 agencies awarding federal grants. and all of them continue to rely on outdated, burdensome document-based forms to collect and track grant dollars. society has moved into a new age
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of information and technology and it's time that our government follow suit. the great act represents bipartisan legislation to modernize the federal grant reporting process. it does so by mandating a standardized data structure for information that recipients report to federal agencies. unless the reporting requirements for federal grants are searchable, the auditing process will continue to yield waste and inefficiency at best and potentially fraud and abuse at worst. adopting a government-wide open data structure for all the information grantees report will alleviate compliance burdens, provide instant insights for grantor agencies and congress, and enable easy access to data for oversight, analytics and program evaluation. digitizing and therefore
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automating the reporting process would have a two-fold effect. first, it allows grantees to maximize every dollar they receive from the taxpayers to ensure it goes back into communities supporting local businesses, organizations and education. lastly, the great act has received a broad support from an array of good government groups. the coalition endorsing the great act includes the bipartisan policy center, american association of law libraries, american library association, association of government accountants, association of research libraries, data coalition, demand progress, government accountability project, government information watch, grant professionals association, national grant management association, national taxpayers union, native american finance officers association, the project on government oversight,
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r street institutes, senior executive association, and the scholarly publishing and academic resorts coalition. in order to fix the way federal grants are reported, we must move from a document-cent rick reporting system to a data superhighway. i urge my colleagues in the house and senate to support the great act and bring grant reporting into the 21st century. again, i urge my colleagues to support the bill and reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves. the gentleman is recognized. mr. cummings: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. cummings: this bill is intended to reduce the burden on applicants for federal grants by enabling a more streamlined elen -- electronic process for completing grant applications.
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it would require h.l.s. and o.m.b. to develop uniform data standards for common application elements such as the name and address of organizations and the name of the grant. this will hopefully lead to the development of a uniform grant application that could be used across all federal agencies. that would improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the grant application process immensely. i urge all members to support this measure and i hope that the senate will complete passage. with that, madam speaker, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: does the gentleman reserve? mr. cummings: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. ms. foxx: thank you, madam speaker, we have no fufert speakers, i yield back the balance of my time. i urge my colleagues again along
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with mr. cummings to support this bill. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. the gentleman is recognized. mr. cummings: i yield myself such time as i may consume. i want to again thank ms. foxx for this important legislation and all the bipartisan efforts that made it happen. and i'm hoping that we will -- that this bill and the others we have dealt with today where there was such great bipartisanship to get it done i hope we will take those as a model of what this congress can do. and with that, madam speaker, i now yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 150. those opposed, no. -- those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 being in the affirmative, the
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rule is awe spended, the bill is passed. mr. cummings: i ask for the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman asks for the yeas and nays. the yeas and nays are requested. those in favor of taking this vote by the yeas and nays will rise and remain standing until counted. a sufficient number having risen, the yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this question will be postponed.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new york seek recognition? >> i move to suspend the rules and pass h.res. 41. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the resolution. the clerk: house resolution 41, resolution rejecting white nationalism and white supremacy. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from new york, mr. nadler, and the gentleman from georgia, mr. collins, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from new york. mr. nadler: thank you, madam speaker. i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous materials on the measure under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. nadler: thank you. madam speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. nadler: this resolution stands for one very simple proposition. white nationalism and white supremacy are hateful

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